Does the holiday season leave you feeling stressed and crunched for time starting long before any holidays actually arrive? Check out these 11 apps that can keep you on track and organized this season.
1. THANKSGIVING: A BON APPÉTIT MANUAL, FREE
Thanksgiving may be over, but many of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes make a repeat appearance during other holiday feasts. Save time this holiday season by leaving the dinner menu up to the professionals with Bon Appétit’s Thanksgiving manual. It’s got 101 recipes, video tutorials, and tips to keep your holiday running smoothly.
2. NYT COOKING, FREE
Brainstorm dishes for any holiday with The New York Times’ cooking app, which features more than 17,000 recipes with step-by-step instructions. Handily, it won’t let your phone go to sleep if the app is on screen, meaning no more poking your phone with dirty fingers in the middle of meal prep. If you use Evernote, it will link your apps to let you save recipes from The New York Times and other cooking sites to your account.
3. THE MANISCHEWITZ RECIPE & HOLIDAY GUIDE, FREE
Get ready for Hanukkah with a recipe and holiday guide from a company best known for its matzo balls and kosher wine. The app also features kosher recipes for Thanksgiving.
Find It: iOS
4. REAL SIMPLE GIFT GUIDE, FREE
Stumped about what to get your family? Try this gift guide handpicked by the editors at Real Simple, with items categorized for men, women, and kids.
5. COOL HUNTING GIFT GUIDE, FREE
If you’re looking for gifts for a hipper crowd, sift through Cool Hunting’s gift guide, which rounds up the hippest, most creative design products for any budget.
Find It: iOS
6. INSTACART, FREE
Getting your house ready for guests can get overwhelming, but Instacart can at least take the shopping responsibilities off your plate. Personal shoppers will deliver groceries, booze, and in some markets, Target goods within an hour, giving you more time to put out that ugly vase from Aunt Marge before she arrives for Christmas dinner.
7. SANTA'S BAG - CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST, FREE
Keep track of all your gift purchases with this gift list, which lets you keep track of budgets, recipients, and the hours you have left to shop.
Find It: iOS
8. CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST, FREE
This gift-tracking app has the added bonus of password protection, in case you have curious kids nosing around your phone (the 21st century equivalent to peeking under the tree). It automatically archives your gifts after New Year’s, so you can start back up again next year.
Find It: Android
9. CHANUKAH GUIDE APP, FREE
Celebrate the season no matter how much you remember from Hebrew school. This app includes a video tutorial, prayers in six different languages, a timer with alerts to let you know when you can extinguish your candles, and of course, a virtual dreidel game.
10. LEVEL MONEY, FREE
The holidays can be rough on any budget. Make sure you’re keeping track of your finances with an app like Level, which lets you track all your financial accounts and bills and calculates how much of your income you can spend on any given day or week given your current finances.
11. BUDDHIFY, $2.99
Let’s face it: No matter how much we enjoy the holidays, they can be super-stressful. Gift yourself a little “me time” and try out Buddhify’s guided meditations to decompress.